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Colleges With The Most Players On 2021 MLB Opening Day Rosters



Vanderbilt stands heads and shoulders above every school when it comes to producing big leaguers in 2021. And the Southeastern Conference is running away from the rest of the country as well.

There are 11 Commodores on Opening Day active rosters--five hitters (SS Dansby Swanson, 2B Tony Kemp, OF Bryan Reynolds, OF Mike Yastrzemski, C Curt Casali) and six pitchers (LHP Ben Bowden, RHP Jordan Sheffield, LHP Mike Minor, RHP Carson Fulmer, RHP Walker Buehler and LHP David Price).

That’s three more big leaguers on Opening Day rosters than any other school. No other team has more than eight active major leaguers on Opening Day. But what is notable is the predominance of Southeastern Conference teams as far as the teams with the most active big leaguers.

Baseball America looked at active Opening Day rosters, which means we had to wait until nearly a week after Opening Day to ensure we could include the Nationals' actual Opening Day roster. All players are counted for the school from which they were drafted/signed, so a player who initially was at one school and transferred to another counts only for their final school.

Fellow SEC-power Louisiana State is second with eight active big leaguers. There are another six teams tied for third with seven Opening Day active MLB players. Four of those six schools are from the SEC. In other words, six of the top nine schools in terms of active MLB alumni are SEC schools.

Top 10 Colleges, Active MLB Players On Opening Day Rosters

1. Vanderbilt 11: SS Dansby Swanson, 2B Tony Kemp, OF Bryan Reynolds, OF Mike Yastrzemski, C Curt Casali, LHP Ben Bowden, RHP Jordan Sheffield, LHP Mike Minor, RHP Carson Fulmer, RHP Walker Buehler, LHP David Price.

2. Louisiana State 8: RHP Riley Smith, OF JaCoby Jones, 2B DJ LeMahieu, 3B Alex Bregman, OF Andrew Stevenson, OF Jake Fraley, RHP Kevin Gausman, RHP Aaron Nola.

3. Florida 7: 2B Jonathan India, RHP Brady Singer, 1B Pete Alonso, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, C Mike Zunino, RHP Dane Dunning, RHP Darren O'Day.

3. Mississippi State 7: OF Hunter Renfroe, 1B Mitch Moreland, RHP Chris Stratton, 2B Adam Frazier, RHP Kendall Graveman, 1B Nate Lowe, RHP Brandon Woodruff.

3. South Carolina 7: RHP Taylor Widener, 1B Christian Walker, C Grayson Greiner, 2B Whit Merrifield, LHP Tyler Webb, LHP Jordan Montgomery, OF Jackie Bradley.

3. Arkansas 7: RHP Trevor Stephan, RHP Ryne Stanek, OF Andrew Benintendi, C James McCann, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Dallas Keuchel, 3B Brian Anderson.

3. North Carolina 7: RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Daniel Bard, C Jacob Stallings, 3B Colin Moran, 3B Kyle Seager, LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Trent Thornton.

3. Stanford 7: 2B Alex Blandino, RHP Cal Quantrill, C Jason Castro, OF Stephen Piscotty, SS/2B Jed Lowrie, OF Austin Slater, SS Tommy Edman.

9. Kentucky 6: OF Ka'ai Tom, LHP James Paxton, 1B Evan White, RHP Kyle Cody, LHP Taylor Rogers, RHP Zach Pop.

9. Cal State Fullerton 6: C Kurt Suzuki, RHP Chris Devenski, 3B J.D. Davis, 3B Matt Chapman, C Chad Wallach, RHP Dylan Floro.

9. UCLA 6: RHP Griffin Canning, 3B Pat Valaika, RHP Adam Plutko, RHP Trevor Bauer, SS Brandon Crawford, RHP Gerrit Cole.

9. Virginia 6: 1B Pavin Smith, LHP Sean Doolittle, OF Chris Taylor, 1B Ryan Zimmerman, RHP Josh Sborz, OF Adam Haseley.

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Here's the complete list of how many active MLB players were on Opening Day rosters from every four-year school as well as junior colleges. There were two junior colleges with a pair of active big leaguers: Wallace State (Ala.) JC with RHP Craig Kimbrel and LHP Derek Holland and Western Oklahoma State JC which has SS Andrelton Simmons and RHP Casey Sadler.

Vanderbilt11
Louisiana State8
Stanford7
South Carolina7
North Carolina7
Mississippi State7
Florida7
Arkansas7
Virginia6
UCLA6
Kentucky6
Cal State Fullerton6
Texas Christian5
Texas A&M5
Texas5
Notre Dame5
Long Beach State5
Rice4
Oregon State4
Oklahoma4
Missouri4
Louisville4
California4
Auburn4
Arizona State4
Arizona4
Wichita State3
Washington3
Tennessee3
Purdue3
Oregon3
Oral Roberts3
North Carolina State3
Nevada-Las Vegas3
Mississippi3
Miami3
Kent State3
Indiana3
Georgia Tech3
Florida State3
Clemson3
Alabama3
Wright State2
West Virginia2
Virginia Tech2
UC Santa Barbara2
Stetson2
Stephen F. Austin State2
St. Mary's2
Southeastern Louisiana2
South Dakota State2
Seattle2
San Francisco2
San Diego State2
Sam Houston State2
Old Dominion2
Oklahoma Baptist2
Northeastern2
New Mexico2
Nebraska2
Millersville (Pa.)2
Michigan2
Maryland2
Hawaii2
Georgia2
Fresno State2
Florida International2
Florida Gulf Coast2
Florida Atlantic2
Dartmouth2
Creighton2
Connecticut2
College of Charleston2
Central Florida2
Campbell2
Boston College2
Azusa Pacific (Calif.)2
Austin Peay State2
St. John's2
Akron2
Wallace State (Ala.) JC2
Western Oklahoma State JC2
Wisconsin-Stevens Point1
Western Carolina1
West Chester (Pa.)1
West Alabama1
Wayne State (Mich.)1
Vanguard (Calif.)1
Utah1
UNC Wilmington1
UC Riverside1
UC Irvine1
Tulane1
Texas Tech1
Texas State1
Tennessee-Martin1
Southern Illinois1
Southern California1
Southern1
Southeast Missouri State1
Sonoma State (Calif.)1
Slippery Rock (Pa.)1
Savannah State1
San Diego1
Sacramento State1
Rider1
Princeton1
Pittsburgh1
Oklahoma State1
Oakland1
Nova Southeastern1
Northwestern1
Northern Kentucky1
Northeastern State (Okla.)1
Mount Olive (N.C.)1
Missouri State1
Missouri Baptist1
Michigan State1
Miami (Ohio)1
Loyola Marymount1
Louisiana-Lafayette1
Louisiana Tech1
Lipscomb1
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)1
Lafayette (Pa.)1
Kansas State1
Kansas1
Jacksonville1
Ithaca (N.Y.)1
Indiana State1
Illinois State1
Illinois1
Houston1
Harvard1
Hartford1
Gonzaga1
Georgia Southern1
Georgia College & State1
Florida Southern1
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)1
East Carolina1
Duke1
Delaware1
Dayton1
Colorado Mesa1
Coastal Carolina1
Cincinnati1
Central Michigan1
Central Arkansas1
Carson-Newman (Tenn.)1
Cal State San Bernardino1
Cal State Dominguez Hills1
Cal Poly Pomona1
Cal Poly1
Buffalo1
Bryant1
Bradley1
Bowling Green State1
Berry (Ga.)1
Belmont Abbey (N.C.)1
Belmont1
Baylor1
Barry (Fla.)1
Ball State1
Bacone (Okla.)1
Appalachian State1
Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.)1
Alabama-Birmingham1
Cabrillo (Calif.) JC1
Cloud County (Kan.) JC1
Dixie State (Utah) JC1
East Central (Miss.) JC1
Eastern Oklahoma State JC1
Everett (Wash.) JC1
Glendale (Calif.) JC1
Gulf Coast (Fla.) JC1
Gulf Coast State (Fla.) JC1
Howard (Texas) JC1
JC of Southern Nevada1
Lake City (Fla.) JC1
Lane (Ore.) JC1
Maple Woods (Mo.) JC1
McLennan (Texas) JC1
Meridian (Miss.) JC1
Miami Dade JC1
Middle Georgia JC1
Neosho County (Kan.) JC1
New Mexico JC1
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC1
Northwest Mississippi JC1
Parkland (Ill.) JC1
Southwest Mississippi JC1
St. Clair County (Mich.) JC1
St. John's River (Fla.) JC1
Tallahassee (Fla.) JC1
Weatherford (Texas) JC1



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